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This page provides a review of a reference work that was consulted while working on the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament (ALT). To purchase a copy of the third edition, click here.
The Interlinear Bible: Hebrew-Greek-English
By Jay P. Green, Sr.
A great Bible study aid
Shortly after I became a Christian over 20 years ago, I purchased the one volume edition of Jay P. Green’s “Hebrew-Greek-English Interlinear Bible.” It contains the original languages for both the Old Testament and the New Testament, Green’s word-for-word English translation below each Hebrew and Greek word, and Strong’s concordance numbers above each word. In the margin is “The Literal Translation of the Bible” (LITV for "Literal Version"). I then purchased additional study aids coded to Strong’s numbers. With these aids, and Green’s interlinear, I had some access to the original languages before even learning Hebrew or Greek.
And let me tell, you I found this study very fruitful spiritually. Of course, using such aids is not the same as actually knowing Hebrew and Greek, but it is still worth the money for the books and the effort.
This study also convinced me that versions like the NIV are not reliable. The NIV simply does not match up with Green’s word-for-word translation. I discuss my experiences in this regard in detail in my book Differences Between Bible Versions.
I used the one volume version of this interlinear for some time. But the small print and large book size made it difficult to use. So later I purchased the four volume set, which has much larger print and are smaller in size. And I continue to use this four volume set to this day.
In fact, this was one of the references I consulted when working on my Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament (ALT). However, I based my ALT on the Robinson and Pierpont’s Byzantine Majority Text. Given that Green’s interlinear uses the Textus Receptus, it was not as helpful as the NKJV Interlinear (now titled the Majority Text Interlinear) which uses Hodges and Farstad’s Majority Text. But still, Green’s interlinear is a great Bible study aid.
Review of The Interlinear Bible: Hebrew-Greek-English. Copyright (c) 2008 by Gary F. Zeolla.
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